Public Interest Law
The Wayne Law Public Interest Law Fellowship (PILF) program was created in an effort to allow students additional opportunities to gain practical experience, ease financial stresses, and offer needed assistance to organizations providing legal services to underserved constituencies. Fellowship recipients, who will hold public interest jobs during the summer, will be selected by a committee consisting of Wayne Law faculty, staff, and students.
To be considered for a summer 2013 award, submit application materials to the Office of Career Services by March 22, 2013.
To support Wayne Public Interest Law Fellowships click here for gift giving information.
2011 Wayne Law PILF Award Winners
|Kimberly Adams||Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender|
|Manuel Barragan Arenas||Illinois State Attorney's Juvenile Justice Bureau, Chicago|
|Matthew Clark||Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, and Environmental Law Clinic, Wayne State University Law School|
|Julianne Cole||Michigan Attorney General's Office, Civil Rights Division|
|Zoila Del Castillo||WomensLaw.org, NY|
|Bradley Dembs||Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington DC|
|Stephanie Karisny||Natural Resources Defense Council, Chicago|
|Michael Kiehne||Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Clinic|
|Valentina Korkes||Detroit Public Schools Office of the General Counsel|
|Emily Patterson||Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice|
|Victoria Suber||Michigan Children's Law Center|
|Natalia Vieira Santanna||Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Kalamazoo, MI|
|Victor Walbridge||Free Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit|
2010 Wayne Law PILF Award Winners
|Eric Berg||Wayne County Prosecutor - Preliminary Exam and Major Drug Unit|
|Adam Clements||City of Highland Park, Legal Department|
|Bradley Dembs||Michigan Legal Aid, Counsel & Advocacy Law Line|
|Anupama Gokarn||Free Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit|
|Andrew Hoff||Michigan Poverty Law Program|
|Phyllis Jeden||American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan|
|Jeffrey Kerby||Michigan State Appellate Defender Office|
|Elizabeth Kruman||US Dept Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington DC|
|Natalia Santanna||Legal Services of South Central Michigan|
|Aisa Villarosa||Michigan Children's Law Center|
|Asian American Justice Center, Washington, DC|
2009 Wayne Law PILF Winners
|Kimberly Adams||Salvation Army, William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit|
|Eric Berg||Attorney General of Michigan, Children and Youth Services Division|
|Lara Chelian||American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan|
|David Deeg||Worker Rights Consortium, Washington, DC|
|Jason Dinsmore||Environmental Law Clinic, Wayne State University Law School|
|Elisa Gomez||Michigan State Appellate Defender Office|
|Laura Kubit||Lakehore Legal Aid Counsel & Advocacy Law Line|
|Rita Subhedar||National Housing Law Project, Washington, DC|
|Aisa Villarosa||Michigan Poverty Law Program|
|Erica Washington||Catholic Charities Legal Services, Washington, DC|
International Public Interest Law
The International Public Interest Law Fellowships (IPILF) allow students to work for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in countries around the world during the summer after their first or second year at Wayne Law. NGOs have agreed to partner with Wayne Law and host our students as summer interns. The partner organizations engage in advocacy on a broad range of issues including human rights, environment, women’s rights, law reform and more. Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses for up to two months of work.
See the IPILF webpage for more information and application materials.
Other Public Interest Law Resources
Wayne State University Law School Loan Repayment Scholarships
Students employed in Public Interest or Public Service Law may apply for a scholarship to pay up to $5,000 of student loan debt. Applications are accepted in the fall by the Wayne Law Dean of Students Office.
Loan Forgiveness Programs
Loan repayment assistance can come in the form of scholarships or loan forgiveness programs from a variety of sources. See our Loan Forgiveness Program webpage for more information.
Other Fellowship and Summer Scholarship Programs
We encourage you to consider all experiential opportunities for funding. Although the majority of fellowships are offered during the summer, there are a few that are available during other semesters, such as the Keith Center Post-9/11 Civil Rights Student Fellowship. See our Summer Scholarships & Fellowships webpage for more information. See our Other Reources webpage for Infomation on post graduate fellowships.